NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR,GMU LAW PROFESSOR DISCUSS FORMER PROFESSOR’S TERRORISM CONVICTION

May 12, 2006

HARRISONBURG—In an opinion editorial they co-authored for today’s edition of TCS Daily, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, and George Mason University Law Professor Michael I. Krauss discuss the recent sentencing to prison of a former University of South Florida computer science professor, Sami Al-Arian, who pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to aid the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group.

The two professors’ commentary, entitled “Tenured Radical No More,” notes the number of defenders the convicted terrorist conspirator had in academia and observes that “the reaction of many of our colleagues when confronted with the uncomfortable truth of Sami Al-Arian causes us to wonder if they have not lost sight of the raison d'être of our privileges.”

The essay can be read by clicking here.